H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel

1020 Spring Street Nw, Atlanta, GA


Dr. Aaron L. King Jr.

July 17, 1931September 3, 2019

Dr. Aaron L. King, Jr, 88, of Atlanta, GA, passed away on September 3, 2019.

Born on July 17, 1931, in Atlanta, GA, Aaron was Dr. Aaron L. King, Sr. and Eliza King’s only child. Aaron graduated Bass High School in 1948 and went on to serve in the US Army. He graduated from Emory College and went on to graduate from Emory Dental School, where he earned a DDS degree and worked as a part time instructor for many years.

Dr. King practiced dentistry for nearly 65 years with several long time prominent Atlanta dentists and was the senior dentist in the partnership of King, Sanderson and Hoover. He was the team Dentist at Georgia Tech for 56 years starting with Football officially in 1965. In 2004, he was inducted in to the Georgia Tech Sport’s Hall of Fame. In addition, Aaron served as a Head Official and photographer of air racing for a number of years, participating in races in Reno, NV and Oshkosh, WI.

Dr. King is survived by numerous close friends and colleagues that he considered family, and he was family to them.

A Visitation will be conducted on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at H.M. Patterson Spring Hill Chapel followed by a funeral service at 10:00 am on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. Entombment will take place at Westview Cemetery.


  • Visitation Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Entombment Monday, September 9, 2019


Dr. Aaron L. King Jr.

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Dori Pap

September 10, 2019

Everyone who knew Dr. King has stories about his kindness, professionalism, and above all, his humanity. Here is my short testament to his humble greatness. I arrived to Tech in 2000 as a student-athlete. My health insurance was covered, but the dental was not. All my life I had dental issues as I grew up in the most polluted city in Eastern Europe, so when I first needed a dentist in my new 'home' I was referred to Dr. King. From my first (of many) visits to his office, he reassured me that I should not worry about the cost of care - he realized, without me having to explain my financial situation, that I would not be able to pay for the extensive work that I needed to be done. He even made sure that when he referred me to someone outside his office they would take me on pro bono. He never met me before, I was nobody to him really, and he still treated me - just like he did all his patients - with the greatest respect and exemplary humanity. RIP, dear Dr. King, and thank you.

Doug Hollberg , Jr.

September 10, 2019

Aaron King, Jr. was my dentist beginning in 1959. His skill and creative genius was legendary. Through my life his work was recognized by his peers. While at the Univ of Pennsylvania on 1965, a dental student extracted a left upper wisdom tooth and a root fractured. Dr. John Hennifer, Chief Of Oral Surgery, removed the root and remarked about my dental work. Home? Dentist? Oh! Thought I Recognized that work. Aaron and I served together in the Army for 3 years. Aaron and I laughed about that for many years.

After college and The Air Force we returned to Griffin, Georgia, he was our family dentist for over 40 years.

Aaron was a family friend and tradition. His exquisite work, life of service and concern for others speaks so well for his legacy.

Debbie Robinson MacLean

September 9, 2019

I first started at Ga Tech in the Fall of 1979 as an Asst. Athletic Trainer, and I mentioned that I needed to find a dentist. Coach Mac (Bill McDonald, Head Athletic Trainer) told me the best dentist he knew of was Dr. King! I went to Dr. King during my 6 years at Ga Tech, and continued seeing him after I started working at The Coca-Coca Company until I moved out to Suwanee in 1993. I remember the new dentist I went to commenting on the great job "someone" had done on my previous dental work! The few crowns that Dr. King put on my teeth are still chewing well! He was a great dentist and a wonderful person. He was always such a gentleman, and very comforting in a profession that many people shy away from. This may sound crazy, but he made going to the dentist a pleasant experience!

Melanie Brooks

September 6, 2019

RIP Dr. King. You were our family dentist since I was a little girl and when my father Franklin Brooks was a coach at Georgia Tech. I loved him dearly and remember all the wonderful memories. He was the kindest man our family has ever met. God truly has an angel now. Your memories with my family will always be cherished 💛💛💛

Warren Anderson

September 6, 2019

Dr. King, a true Southern Gentleman. I had the great honor and privilege to meet him as a Student Trainer at GT. Always had a warm greeting and welcoming smile. Thank you for your Service to country and GT. You will be missed and honored.

Warren Anderson, Col (ret), USAF

Joe Gaston

September 6, 2019

Dr. King made my first mouthpiece at Georgia Tech in 1969. From that time on, he was the only dentist I saw because he was always so conscious of keeping his patients out of pain. He was conscious also of his patients as individuals and always asked about family and friends while discussing Georgia Tech's upcoming season. He always smiled and always was gentle with patients and staff. I am proud to have been in the presence of such a fine person and been able to enjoy seeing him multiple times each year. His stories about flying, Georgia Tech players, and his life will be treasured. God bless him and what he stood for.

Byron Harder

September 5, 2019

I got to know Aaron when I was the team physician at Clemson and our paths crossed many times both here, at meetings and at Tech. What a fine gentleman and a great representative of Georgia Tech and what a treat to have known him. Blessings to his family and friends and may he Rest In Peace. Byron Harder M.D.

James Munlyn

September 5, 2019

As an 18 year old kid from Aiken SC coming to Atlanta could have been overwhelming. Dr. King not only took care of my teeth, but he took care of my heart by making my transition to college a lot easier. God has a great man by his side now. Rest in Peace good Sir.

Joseph Maggiore

September 4, 2019

Aaron King: fellow believer, best man, forever friend, father figure, namesake of our firstborn, mentor, example of what a gentleman is and countless more descriptions would be appropriate here. Words can't describe our loss with how much we will all miss your smiling face & gentle spirit that you dispensed on every field, court, training room, bus ride, plane ride, dinner table, dentist office & church service you joined us all in over the years. Thank you so much for your dedication, compassion, care & thoughtfulness that seemed to have an endless supply. My prayer for you Aaron is CAVU... which stands for 'ceiling and visibility unlimited' in Jesus! Soar on brother with much love from all of us.... Joe, Jen, Erin, Anna & Megan Maggiore

Mollie Mayfield

September 4, 2019

Dr. King was a faithful friend to the athletic program at Georgia Tech. He was so devoted, it was his life. I had the pleasure of knowing him 30 years during which time he was also my dentist. I am so thankful he passed quickly and did not have to "retire" from everything he loved. Peace to you Dr. King. Rest well. The Mayfields